Are YOU thankful for your flaws?

Everyone wants to look perfect, and no one wants to focus on their flaws. In the beauty world, sometimes covering up perceived flaws become the main focus of women (and men), instead of embracing the things that make a face unique.

You don’t like your “big eyes” or “skinny lips” and instead of figuring out a way to enhance them, you decide to hide what God (and DNA) handed out on the day you were born! If that sounds like you, it’s time to embrace the change. Be thankful you have a “big nose” because someone else’s was burned off in a fire. Maybe your “flat cheekbones” aren’t attractive you to, but to the domestic abuse victim whose face was smashed beyond repair, your cheekbones are beautiful. My point is this: everyone has something that they want to hide when it comes to makeup application. You have to learn to love the quirkiness that makes you fabulous!  Here are some quick solutions:

1.Big  eyes can appear smaller if you line the entire upper lash line AND lower lash line with your favorite eye liner.  If you’d like to get that “smokey eye” look that is always the rage, smudge the liner, apply a complimentary eye shadow color from upper eye lid to the crease area with an eye shadow brush. Blend with outward strokes, then use that same shadow (with a smaller brush) to go over the liner you’ve already applied.  Add 2 coats of mascara and your “big eyes” now look smoldering and sexy.  Small eyes can look bigger if you avoid lining the BOTTOM lash line, use an eyelash curler to curl those lashes, and steer clear of too much dark shadow on the entire eye lid. You, with your small pretty eyes, need to “open up” the eye lid space, so use lighter colored shadows. You can always play with more dramatic eye liner and mascara if you want more “edge” to your look.

2. Skinny lips can actually work in your favor since YOU have the luxury of applying a natural lip colored pencil to the OUTSIDE of the lip line. Fill in the lips with the same color, then apply a pretty flesh toned lipstick. Add a shimmery lip gloss (of the same color family) to the center of the lip and voila! You have a pretty pout that looks natural. Want to tone down your full, luscious lips? Try using that same natural lip colored pencil for the “skinny lipped folks” and line a tad bit INSIDE of the lip line. Again, fill-in lips with the same pencil, apply a pretty natural color, and avoid the lip gloss.

3. Make your cheekbones pop when you apply blush to the apples of the cheeks.  First, smile wide and pretty, then apply the blush to the round part of your cheeks (known as the apples). Then highlight the area right above with a bronzer that compliments your skin tone (golden and peach for pale or lighter skin tones, rich coppers and bronzes for darker complexions).  Lastly, sweep the bronzer on the upper and lower cheekbone areas, away from the apple, going toward the hairline. Use a big, fluffy brush, and only apply a small bit of product. You can always step back from the mirror and add more blush/bronzer.

Ultimately, no matter what tips I give, and what tips you try out, you have to learn to love your face. Be thankful for what you have!


5 Minute Face. Yes, It IS Possible!

It’s Monday morning again and you drag yourself through the sunrise rituals.  For some, a shower and coffee are the beginning and end of the routine.  For others, a quick pit stop at the bathroom mirror reveals a tired, dull, or plain face that could use a non-caffeinated boost!  I’ve heard many women say, “I just don’t have time to put on makeup every morning,” without realizing that fabulous females on the go can give themselves a 5 minute makeover!  With the right tools at your disposal, you can put your best face forward every day.  If you’re one of the many women who get frazzled even thinking about what products to choose, don’t worry. At the end of this article, I will list products you can use for the 5 minute makeover. The following steps below will help you to achieve that fresh, vibrant look that lets the world know you are ready for anything:

To maximize time effectively, I tell women to keep their favorite facial cleansers in the shower, as clean faces are the first steps toward any sort of makeup application.  It is especially important to follow up with a good moisturizer that compliments various skin types (i.e. oil-free, sensitive, combination, and dry.)

  1. Use a good face primer, which evens out facial lines and gives the skin a smoother appearance. You will only need a dime sized amount of primer on your face, making sure to concentrate on areas around the nose, forehead, and mouth.
  2. If you’re a novice, use a foundation sponge (experts can use a foundation brush) to quickly and evenly apply a quarter sized dollop of foundation.  Drier skins tend to need liquid foundations, while cream foundations work better with oily or combination skin. Blend! Blend! Blend!  You must blend your foundation all over your face (and please include your lips and the chin/neck area.)  If you have redness or dark spots, dab a tiny sized drop of concealer over the spots and pat the concealer in with your finger.
  3. Apply a translucent face powder to set your makeup.
  4. Use dark brown eyeliner on the top eyelid and smudge it with a Q-tip. Follow up with a quick sweep of a neutral eye shadow from lid to brown bone. Try golden colors for lighter skin and bronze colors for darker skin tones.  Follow up with one coat of mascara.
  5. Lastly, use a lip gloss to make your lips stand out! 

Tools to help you look your best:

Face primer: I like Smashbox, available at Sephora, Ulla, or select department stores. It comes in oil-free and regular formulas.  L’Oreal Studio Secrets Face Primer is great for drier skin, and can be purchased at mass merchandise stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

Foundation, Concealer, Face Powder, Eyeliner, Eye Shadow, Mascara, and Lip Gloss: If you go with a department store or beauty store foundation, try M.A.C., Nars, or Clinique.  L’Oreal True Match, and both Covergirl and the Covergirl Queen Collection provide excellent results. You can purchase liners, eye shadows, mascaras, sponges, and brushes pretty much anywhere and get the same results.  For lip glosses, choose those which contain oils that keep your lips moisturized and kissable! 

Now you have the steps to achieve the 5 minute makeover. You also have no excuses! Looking good from head to toe not only lets the world see you mean business, but also makes you feel fabulous about yourself! Don’t you deserve that?